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S.C. Republicans to discuss impeaching Sanford

South Carolina House Republicans will discuss whether to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford when they meet in Myrtle Beach this weekend.

Lawmakers, once reluctant to discuss removing Sanford, will weigh what it would take to force the Republican governor out and how the process would work.

Republicans expect the meeting — an annual gathering to discuss agenda, issues and politics, and to play golf — will be dominated by discussion of Sanford's future — and what role the House will play in it.

Sanford has been under fire since secretly leaving the country for five days in June to meet his lover and later admitting an extramarital affair with the Argentine woman. Since then, Sanford has been under fire for flying in expensive business-class seats and his use of state and private planes. All could violate state law or ethics rules.

The state Constitution allows officials to be impeached for "serious crimes or serious misconduct in office." It does not define either.

If impeached by the S.C. House, and tried and convicted by the Senate, Sanford could be removed from office.

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